Russian fighter jet crashed into a Siberian residential building in Irkutsk. This is the second time this week that a combat aircraft has crashed into an urban area.
Igor Kobzev, governor of Irkutsk, said that no residents were injured but that both crew members were killed in Sunday’s blast.
According to the Russian Emergencies Ministry, the Su-30 fighter jet crashed onto a wooden building on a training flight. This set off a fire.
Surveillance camera footage circulated on Russian social media showed the supersonic fighter hurtling downward in a nearly vertical dive.
Other videos show firefighters fighting to put out the flames that had engulfed their building.
This incident occurs less than one week after another Russian warplane crashed close to an apartment building in Yeysk’s Sea of Azov port of Yeysk. It exploded in a huge fireball killing 15 people and injuring 19.
According to military experts, the number and severity of the crashes has increased as Russian military aircraft flew more frequently during fighting. Sunday’s incident was the 11th reported crash of a plane outside of combat since February when Moscow invaded Ukraine.
An aircraft factory that produces the Su-30 fighter jets is located in Irkutsk. It is a major industrial center of eastern Siberia with more than 600,000.
The Su-30, a supersonic twin engine, two-seat fighter, has been a key component in the Russian air force. It has also been used by India as well as other countries.